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About us

The Friends of Chichester Hospitals was founded in 1948 to help
improve facilities in Chichester’s hospitals - St Richard’s Hospital
and local mental health services (the former Graylingwell Hospital).

A registered charity, run entirely by volunteers, the Friends are a link between
St Richard’s Hospital and the community it serves, and raise and spend funds on
equipment for the benefit of patients, their families and visitors, and staff.
We also support local mental health services –smaller units caring for the needs of
different groups of patients (Harold Kidd Unit – older persons, Centurion House –
working age acute care, Connolly House – working age recovery unit, and local clinics).

The Friends have a strong local membership who pay a small annual subscription
(£10 minimum). We value their contribution to our activities, and through the AGM,
members act as scrutineers of the Trustees’ activities.

The Friends’ Trustees are elected by the members and are drawn from a variety of
backgrounds – business, administration, medical careers etc – but they share
a common desire to support Chichester’s hospitals effectively so that patients
in this large catchment area can have the best possible medical facilities.